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See You In September Kindle Edition
SHORTLISTED FOR BEST CRIME NOVEL in the 2018 NGAIO MARSH AWARDS FOR CRIME FICTION
Cassy smiled, blew them a kiss. 'See you in September,' she said. It was a throwaway line. Just words uttered casually by a young woman in a hurry. And then she'd gone.
It was supposed to be a short trip-a break in New Zealand before her best friend's wedding. But when Cassy waved goodbye to her parents, they never dreamed that it would be years before they'd see her again.
Having broken up with her boyfriend, Cassy accepts an invitation to stay in an idyllic farming collective. Overcome by the peace and beauty of the valley and swept up in the charisma of Justin, the community's leader, Cassy becomes convinced that she has to stay.
As Cassy becomes more and more entrenched in the group's rituals and beliefs, her frantic parents fight to bring her home-before Justin's prophesied Last Day can come to pass.
A powerful story of family, faith and finding yourself, See You in September is an unputdownable new novel from this hugely compelling author.
A riveting, fascinating read. I was absolutely gripped. ― Julie Cohen
See You in September is one of those novels that really gets beneath the skin... I love the way Charity Norman is able to show the greys between the obvious black and whites; how she draws such multi-layered characters; and, of course, how she describes her stunning but often sinister locations. ― Tracy Buchanan
Norman does a fine job delving into the insidious psychology of cults. But this is no human freak show: it's a creepy portrayal of an ordinary young woman, feeling the lure of total belonging, who is groomed into accepting a sinister price for it. ― Sydney Morning Herald
This is the author's fourth book and although I've said it before, it's her best. I can't wait to see what subject she'll tackle next. ― The Sun on THE NEW WOMAN
Completely brilliant - you won't be able to turn the pages fast enough. ― Bella on THE NEW WOMAN
I shouted at this novel. I cast it away, abandoned, only to return to its beguiling pages. ― Buzz on THE NEW WOMAN
Engrossing ― Woman and Home on THE SON-IN-LAW
A gripping tale that would appeal to fans of Jodi Picoult and Joanna Trollope... A page turning book to while away a winter's evening. ― Red Online on AFTER THE FALL
Easy to read, hard to put down, it'll move you to tears. ― Easy Living on FREEING GRACE --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Charity Norman was born in Uganda and brought up in successive draughty vicarages in Yorkshire and Birmingham. After several years' travel she became a barrister, specialising in crime and family law. In 2002, realising that her three children had barely met her, she took a break from the law and moved with her family to New Zealand. See You in September is Charity's fifth novel.
Find Charity on Facebook at facebook.com/charitynormanauthor and on Twitter as @charitynorman1
- ASIN : B06XSFTYKM
- Publisher : Allen & Unwin (24 May 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 1203 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 431 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #675,011 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from other countries
I could say a lot about this book - it lacks character development, is predictable etc but for me, the annoying thing is the number of lesser characters all with place names that disguise their gender.
Now I know the commune did not want to make distinctions between the genders but that leads to great confusion for the reader. I have just read a longish passage in which Cassy is talking with 2 of the residents of Gethsemane. It was only at the very end of the passage that it becomes apparent that they are both female which had a bearing on how the conversation had progressed.
Whilst the idea of calling people by the names of beautiful places may be an interesting concept, it just succeeds in confusing the reader. Disappointing so far.
The book is told in both Cassy and her mum Diana’s viewpoints. Cassy not returning home when she should have and cutting her family off affected them all and they would never be the same again.
A powerful story which gave me a good insight into the world of cults. The first book I have read by this Author too, I’m looking forward to reading many more!